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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Deal

 

The 2005 Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPSEP or P4) is a free trade agreement between BruneiChileNew Zealand, and Singapore. It aims to further liberalise the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Since 2010, negotiations have been taking place for theTrans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposal for a significantly expanded version of TPSEP. The TPP is a proposed free trade agreement under negotiation by (as of August 2013) AustraliaBruneiChileCanadaJapan, MalaysiaMexicoNew ZealandPeruSingapore, the United States, and Vietnam.

 

The TPP is ostensibly intended to be a "high-standard" agreement specifically aimed at emerging trade issues in the 21st century. These ongoing negotiations have drawn criticism and protest from the public, advocacy groups, and elected officials, in part due to the secrecy of the negotiations, the expansive scope of the agreement, and a number of controversial clauses in drafts leaked to the public.

 

On November 13, 2013, a complete draft of the treaty's Intellectual Property Rights chapter was published by WikiLeaks.

 

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BBC: Ecuador Grants Wikileaks Founder Asylum

Wikileaks: 9/11 Pager Intercepts

Wikileaks has issued the following announcement regarding September 11, 2001.

WikiLeaks Leak: Thousands Of Dangerous Documents Released Online

WikiLeaks has accidentally released thousands of dangerous U.S. State Department cables.

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Wikileak's Julian Assange Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Wikileak's founder has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize!

Former Swiss Banker Hands Documents to WikiLeaks

Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer handed fresh client data to WikiLeaks, just two days before facing a court trial in Zurich for having allegedly breached the country's banking secrecy rules.

Mr. Elmer, a Swiss national, rose to prominence after providing WikiLeaks with confidential data in 2008. He is facing a court trial on Wednesday for also having leaked information to the Swiss press in 2005 and having threatened former employees. He handed fresh client data to WikiLeaks, just two days before facing a court trial in Zurich for having allegedly breached Switzerland's banking secrecy rules.

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Bank of America Facing Threat From WikiLeaks - Plays Defense

On November 29, 2010, WikiLeaks' Julian Assange said in an interview that he intended to “take down” a major American bank and reveal an “ecosystem of corruption” with a cache of data from an executive’s hard drive. Bank of America’s share price fell on the widely held suspicion that the hard drive was theirs.

Since then, a team of 15 to 20 top Bank of America officials, led by the chief risk officer, Bruce R. Thompson, has been overseeing a broad internal investigation — scouring thousands of documents in the event that they become public, reviewing every case where a computer has gone missing and hunting for any sign that its systems might have been compromised.

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New York Times Op Ed: Banks and WikiLeaks

The whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks has not been convicted of a crime. The Justice Department has not even pressed charges over its disclosure of confidential State Department communications. Nonetheless, the financial industry is trying to shut it down.

Visa, MasterCard and PayPal announced in the past few weeks that they would not process any transaction intended for WikiLeaks. Earlier this month, Bank of America decided to join the group, arguing that WikiLeaks may be doing things that are “inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.”

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WikiLeaks Founder Lands $1.5 Million Book Deal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is working on an autobiography. The book deal is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $1.5 million and he's expected to deliver the manuscript in March.

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London Times: Bank of America is a Wikileaks Target

In an interview with The London Times Julian Assange confirmed that WikiLeaks was holding a vast amount of material about Bank of America which it intends to release early next year.

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